April 12th, 2012
While we’ve talked about the fun April Activities that you can do outdoors, one thing that can put a damper on the good times is the appearance of your allergies. Since it’s been awhile since the appearance of these pesky afflictions, remember these tips in order to keep them at bay!
Know what you’re allergic to – A simple trip to your primary care doctor will allow them to administer an allergy test. Knowing that you’re allergic to pollen versus ragweed is a simple step that can help you determine if you should be on extra alert for the day.
Keep track of the allergy report – If your local news station does not include an allergen count, use websites such as www.pollen.com to keep track of days when the allergen that affects you is present at a high level. Knowing these days will allow you to limit your outdoor exposure, don’t plan on going to an event outdoors all day if pollen is your trigger allergen and the count is high.
Shower after coming inside – You are literally covered in allergens after walking outside. Make sure that the spores do not stick around on your clothes or furniture by washing everything down the drain!
A note on OTC’s –Some over the counter nasal decongestant sprays can be addictive if used over a long period of time. Take care to pick one that’s safest for you.
Keep your windows and vents closed – It seems like a simple thing to do, but even if the day is bright and inviting, resist the urge to keep your window open. All Grand View Builders homes are Energy-Star Certified and built with tight construction and ducts, sealing holes and cracks in the home’s exterior and helping to reduce moisture that causes mold as well as pollen and dust.
Have helpful things handy – Make sure you’re stocked up on tissues for your runny nose, lozenges to soothe your throat and antihistamine eye drops to relieve your swollen red eyes.
Unfortunately, allergies cannot be stopped outright. However, using these preventative measures can lessen the affects of allergies.